I stopped by the Airgas at the other end of town today, cuz I was in that area, and decided to ask about welding hoods. They sell Optrel, Speedglas, Jackson, Miller. He recommended the Jackson with the big lens. He said that Optrel was overrated and that the lack of 2 additional sensors made it not as good as the Jackson. He told me that he'd sell me the Jackson for about $290, while the Optrel Satellite was about $325. Internet pricing seems to be lower than that, and I don't normally go to this particular LWS anyway. I know opinions vary on the best, and I've read many of the reviews/comparisons/opinions here, and I think I may go with the Jackson. He didn't take the Optrel down for me to look at, so I didn't get to feel it, but the Jackson seems pretty rugged, which I expected. It also seems a little heavier. I definitely don't like the chintzy feel of the Hobart hoods. I know that most of the time, the hood just has to stop rays, but it seems like some hoods would be pretty easy to damage. Anyway, I sure do wish this was easy. I hate it when I have choices!
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